Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New Cosmos (plus Cosmos - episodes 1 to 13)

This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about his redux of the famous Carl Sagan series and why science and science literacy matter in a democracy.

Almost 35 years after the original “Cosmos” ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as “America’s most popular scientist,” has updated the series for a new generation.

Tyson spoke with Moyers on Friday about “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey” and the impact of the original show:

Why did ‘Cosmos’ not fade? It’s not because it brought you the latest science. Although it also did that. It’s because it displayed for you why science matters. Why science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind. Because it transforms who we are, how we live, and it gives us an understanding of our place in the universe. And it’s these states of mind that you carry with you for the rest of your life.

So in the new ‘Cosmos,’ that we are continuing this voyage. We’re continuing this epic exploration of our place in the universe. We have other stories to tell beyond the ones that went on back then. Yes, right now, we are steeped in the ignorance of dark matter and dark energy.

What else does the new “Cosmos” have to offer? Watch the video and find out.

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 14, 2014 at 9:19am

Cosmos - Carl Sagan (episodes 1 to 13)

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 14, 2014 at 9:11am

For all those who didn't get Cosmos by Carl Sagan for Christmas this is the link to all 13 episodes:

Cosmos - Carl Sagan (episodes 1 to 13)

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2014 at 8:54am

I just got the original version with Carl Sagan for Christmas and have been going through it, an episode or two at a time.  It is a pure delight.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 14, 2014 at 8:53am

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 14, 2014 at 8:49am

I hope I can find the new Cosmos video on the net after it is broadcast.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a brilliant man.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2014 at 8:13am

What a fantastic interview!  This is why I enjoy Neil deGrasse Tyson so much: he not only has a grasp of his field, but he communicates both his understanding and his ignorance clearly and with infectious enthusiasm.  His should be at least one example of how science education in the US should be conducted.

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